Sneak Preview: Bill Seeks To Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased People

March 22, 2018 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

xsass_bookshot(The following was excerpted from a recent article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Congressional legislation has been proposed that would aim to limit the amount of improper payments made to deceased individuals, a concern that has long received Government Accountability Office (GAO) scrutiny as it reviews federal spending under financial assistance programs.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), along with Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), introduced the Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act (S. 2374), which would amend the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-248) to better detect, prevent and recover improper payments to deceased individuals. Sponsors of the legislation contend that it would help save millions in improperly spent federal funding.

The bill would allow all federal agencies, not just some of them, to access the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Death Master File, the most complete federal resource on deceased individuals. The bill also would require the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review potential alternative sources of death data maintained by nonfederal sources, including sources maintained by state agencies or associations of state agencies, for use by federal agencies and programs.

Not later than one year after the date of enactment of the bill, the OMB director would develop a plan to assist states and local agencies and Indian tribes in providing records electronically to the federal government relating to the death of individuals, which may also include recommendations to Congress for any statutory changes or financial assistance to nonfederal entities that are or would be necessary for them to collect such records. The plan may include recommendations for the authorization of appropriations or other funding to carry out the plan.

The bill goes on to state that no later than 270 days after the bill’s enactment date, the OMB director, in consultation with other federal, state and local agencies, would submit to Congress a plan to improve how states and local governments and Indian tribes that provide benefits under a federally funded program would improve data matching of deceased individuals receiving such benefits.

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